I made up about 5 pounds (wet weight) of solid strip beef jerky yesterday I used Rytek's recipe.
I smoked it with my amzn smoker (oak) for 3-4 hours at 130F, then finished it at 160 for about 4 more hours.
I've never done this before so I was "guessing" on when it was done, but upon pulling it I could bend it without breaking, but did see some splitting. Looked good to me. I then weighed it and the 5 pounds dropped to 2 pounds. What is the expected weight loss for jerky?
I'll post some picts later of the finished product, because I know it really didn't happen without picts :)